Short-term care

When you need temporary care, Elder can connect you with a fully-vetted carer who you can trust to care the way you would.

Take a breather with temporary care

Elder can arrange short-term respite care for a few days to a few weeks. A fully vetted carer will move into the home, provide care, and maintain a routine in the same way you would.

Only pay for the care you need with our simple pricing structure
Choose your carer from a network of friendly, independent carers
We can match you with a carer in as little as 48 hours
Receive guidance from a dedicated Family Support Specialist

How it works

In 3 easy steps

Tell us about
your needs

Speak to an Elder Care Advisor and complete our online care appraisal – this gives us a clear picture of the type of support you’re after, and help us guide you on things like funding eligibility.

Review your
carer matches

We’ll send you the profile and video of any carer we think would be a good fit for you. All you need to do is let us know if you like them, and would like them to be your new primary carer.

Your care begins

Your carer moves in. They’ll take time to get to know you and how you like things. We’ll keep in touch regularly to help everything run smoothly, and answer any questions.


The benefits of choosing Elder

No surcharges on Bank Holidays or weekends
A one week trial period
Cancel care anytime in your trial period and only pay for the care you’ve received
An agreed weekly rate, with no unexpected extra costs
No lengthy contracts
We only require a two week notice period
No exit fees
Up to 2x nightly wake-ups included

Short Term Care

We know that receiving care from someone you’re familiar with is important. So, we’ll always try to connect you to the same carer when you make multiple live-in care bookings at once.

3 days from £625
Per week from £1450

What does it include?

Household tasks​

e.g vacuuming and laundry​

Meal times​

e.g preparing meals to taste and dietary requirements

Personal care​

e.g help with washing, toileting, and prompting medication


e.g daily company, and help getting out and about to see friends

Helping with daily pet care

e.g feeding, exercising

Up to two nightly wake-ups

Occasional help with things like getting to the toilet or providing reassurance.

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Have you considered Hourly care?

We’ll build a weekly package based on how many hours of care you need – how these hours are used each week is up to you.

from £21 p/h

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Find out more about how our Short-term care service works day to day – and how it could support your lifestyle.

Dedicated care advisors and
family support specialists

Get quality care in place in as little as 24 hours

Only pay for the care you need with no hidden costs

Choose your carer from our 4000+ community of vetted professionals

What people say about our staff

Big decisions need bespoke support. Our friendly Care Advisors and Family Support Specialists are here seven days a week to listen, guide, and empower you through the complexities of care. 

Would you like to discuss your needs with a Senior Care Advisor?

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Our services

Care with Elder will
always include...

Unlimited carer matching 

Using our technology and expertise, we’ll uniquely match you to carers with the right experience, skills and character.

Emergency support

We can put care in place in as little as 24 hours if your needs are urgent

On-going Family Support

You’ll have your own Family Support Specialist who’ll understand you, your family and your situation

Your own MyElder account

an intuitive online account where you and your family can manage every aspect of care and access carer information.


You’ll likely have some questions about whether Elder’s short-term respite care will work for you. We’ve covered some essential information below. 

From time to time, you may need some short-term care to ensure that you, or a loved one can stay safe and happy at home.

If you’re caring for a loved one yourself, short-term care can provide trusted a period of respite care when you need to take a break or holiday. If your regular care arrangement falls through unexpectedly for example due to sickness, we can help you arrange cover. And, if you or a loved one is returning home from hospital, planning specialist, short term convalescent care or intermediate support can support a safer and more comfortable recovery.

On your initial call with a Senior Care Advisor, they’ll learn as much as they can about your situation, and work out an arrangement that best supports your needs. This means if you need a carer who speaks a certain language for example, or perhaps someone with experience caring for someone with hearing loss or dementia care, we’ll work hard to find a great match.

We believe every family deserves the right carer, even at short notice. We’ll connect you to skilled, fully vetted carers, who you’ll be able to learn more about via their Elder profile. You’ll be able to approve the care you like best. 

On your carer’s first day, they’ll set aside plenty of time to get to know you, your family, and how things are done. If you’re a family member and would like regular updates from your carer throughout the placement, we’ll do this in a way that works for you too.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how long you’ll need care for, for example if the person who normally provides care falls ill, or if additional support is needed to support recovery after an illness or operation. With Elder you can book short-term care without an end date – to guarantee support is in place for as long as you need it.

Absolutely. Live-in carers offer assistance with a huge range of day-to-day requirements – including hygiene and grooming.

Putting your loved one at ease during this sort of care is tricky, but live-in carers are uniquely positioned to do just that. They can devote the time and attention required to build trust, as well as get to know just how much help they need to offer.

Of course. Live-in carers move into your loved one’s home to offer 24-hour care – even if that means getting up occasionally in the middle of the night.

They’ll help create routines around bedtime, ensuring better quality sleep for improved wellbeing. They might also get your loved one to the toilet if they need it, or put their mind at ease if they’re confused.

If you need more regular or intensive night-time support, you may benefit from a dedicated night carer, to ensure your live-in carer is getting enough rest.

With Elder you’ll be set up with your own MyElder online account. This is where you can complete your Care Appraisal before care starts – detailing the care needs, health, lifestyle, and home environment of the person needing care. You can add other family members to the account to help complete the Appraisal, and to give them visibility over care once it begins. 


You also use your MyElder account to – 

  • Review carer profiles and select your carer
  • Read updates from your carer with the Care logs feature 
  • Keep care information updated and update any changes to your care needs
  • Easily update payment information and track your invoices

After your initial call with an Elder Care Advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an online Care Appraisal, where you can tell us about your needs and lifestyle in detail. We’ll review this information carefully and uniquely match you to a selection of carers we think would be a great fit for you. 

You’ll have time to review a  profile for each carer you’re matched with in your MyElder account, as well as an introductory video where they’ll talk about what they enjoy about being a carer and their experience, as well as their hobbies and interests. Then you simply need to confirm which carer you like best. 

If you’d like to speak to your preferred carer before they start, we can arrange this too.

Yes. Every carer we work with must have a good level of written and spoken English. 

If you’d prefer a carer who also speaks a second language, simply let us know.

Yes, we give you the choice if you’d prefer a male or female carer, simply let us know if you or your loved one has a preference.

A carer who moves into your loved one’s home with them will need their own space in which to sleep and spend time when they are not actually providing care. Most commonly, a carer will have a bedroom of their own, but if this is not practical, you could adapt a reception room or study for them to use – as long as it’s a private space i.e not a thoroughfare to another room or in regular use by other family members during the day. 

The live-in carer will not need a bathroom of their own, although this would be preferable. They will need clean and functional bathroom facilities that they can use, and if sharing a bathroom, there should be somewhere for them to store toiletries.

We also recommend setting up a WiFi connection if you don’t have one already. The internet is useful for many things, including keeping in touch with Elder, which can be even more important if you live in a rural location with poor phone signal.

There is, though it’s worth noting that the kind your loved one is eligible for depends on their circumstances – both financial and medical.

They may be in the running for assistance from local or national government schemes. They may also be able to release equity in their property to access a tax-free lump sum or income.

To get a better understanding of your options, take a look at our ’How do I pay for care?’ page or speak to one of our care advisors who can guide you through funding questions.

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